The black velvet bow tie is an essential part of any gentleman’s wardrobe. It is on par with owning a toothbrush. The reason being is that if a dressy occasion is needed – the black velvet bow tie rises to the occasion.
Engineering of Velvet
Before we jump into fashion philosophy, lets study the engineering. Black velvet is in fact made of 100% silk. The velvet is woven and all the threads are evenly distributed – giving it a dense rich feeling.
Using a loom two sets of warp threads are woven on to two pieces of cloth at the same time. After being sheared the velvet is traditionally brushed so when it dries it has a natural grain.
History of Velvet
One of the first historic records of velvet is in the Malmuk era. For all you non-historian buffs, this is roughly 1200 A.D. The region which is now Cairo was known for its lush velvet and would create art pieces using this material.
It became such an art form that even the King Richard II of England asked for his body to be wrapped in velvet directly through his will in 1399.
Velvet Bow tie through the ages
Now that you understand how velvet is made and how even Royalty have asked to be wrapped in it for the rest of time – we can take a look at its rise through the ages. One of the most classic figures in popular culture is James Bond – who also donned a black velvet tie:
Today we’re seeing the resurgence of the black velvet bow tie most recently by Jayz:
and even George Clooney:
It is important to note that the black velvet bow tie should not be worn with sneakers, shorts or blazer-less. Make sure that when you wear your bow tie that you also pay tribute to its rich history and tradition. Check out our own Bull + Moose black velvet bow tie below:
The Black Velvet Bow Tie brought to you by Bull+Moose: